Fundraising and Flights (Nicaragua Update)

"God's kingdom is about abundance, about multiplying, about giving shocking generosity and still having leftovers. It's about taking the tiny offerings that our insecure hearts are willing to trust to Jesus and watching as He prays, thanks His Father, and then feeds everyone around us, including ourselves, with those small loaves and fish. His kingdom breaks and breaks, and breaks our own expectations, always multiplying, always offering more, always blessing in astonishing, unexpected, jaw-dropping ways."

-We Saved You A Seat, Lisa Jo Baker

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Beauty in the unexpected (Nicaragua Part Uno)

There, as I stood at the bottom and looked up at the mountain I just climbed, I knew that this week was going to be one of the best weeks of my life and I was ready for God to use me and teach me whatever He had prepared for me. I wanted to drink in every detail of the trip. I wanted to be still and listen. But most of all, I wanted to love those around me well. But, I never expected to fall in love with the precious people of Nicaragua the way that I did. And it only took one little girl to change it all...

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All that is Good

I pray that anyone who is searching for true rest, will find it in a Father who gives all that is good and perfect. I pray that these prints will serve as a reminder to your heart each day. Wherever they may find their home-on your mantle, kitchen counter, or in your little girls room-I hope that you see these truths and are reminded that simpler really is sweeter. 

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When God gives you rest...

The quiet hush of the busy world around us. The singing birds in the fresh summer breeze. The steady beat of the horse running in the field behind me. It was the symphony of the world around me, and it whispered to my soul. 

It's always there if we are willing to listen. It's always there if you're willing to just be still. Something my soul has needed. Rest. It finds it's way deep into your soul like a salve to deep-old wounds. It whispers and calms, and always tells you it's going to be alright. 

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When the light reveals your dark spots.

It’s hard when the light reveals my dark spots.

I wrote these words in my journal about 4 years ago. A season of life that seems a lifetime ago, but a simple truth that still feels so real. 

The thing about light that can seem so hard is that is reveals things that we never wanted to see-things we never wanted others to see. It exposes the sin that we have hidden in the crevices of our heart. But even though light exposes those dark spots, it also directs and reveals color. Isn't that such a sweet whisper to your soul right now?

Even though we have dark spots, His light vanquishes the shadows of our life, and it reveals the color-the beauty. Sweet friend, it opens a place for us to abide and know Him intimately. 

When we walk in the way of the world, we have no eternal value and are not able to keep His commands, but when we abide in His light -His truth- we too can be the light! Oh my soul needed to be reminded of this today. 

In order for the love + light of God to be perfected in us, we must walk as Jesus walked.

Whew. Did you get that one? We must choose be the salt + light. To look different than those around us, we must live different than those around us. We must live like Jesus lived!

But, if I am being completely honest with myself-with you..my feet are usually focused on myself and what will benefit me. I so selfishly walk in the way of the world because of the fear of rejection. The fear of dreams being revealed and shattered. 

Oh but Sweet sister, if I walk in the way of the WORD -if you do too- our feet will be prepared for the calling ahead of us. That calling that somehow seems bigger than you. Yeah, that calling that is revealed by the light of God-of His WORD. 

Sure, we may be rejected, but the beauty in that is we have a Father who was rejected, beaten, + mocked in our place and He will never leave our side. In His presence -His light- is great joy. A joy that can only be made complete in Him, by adding in His light and trusting His plans. 

So let the light reveal your dark spots. Let His light guide your path to that calling that somehow seems bigger than you, and JUST TRUST.

Be Brave Little One

My prayer for each of these orders is that each little girl's (or adult's) room that these paintings find themselves in, they will be a catalyst for dreams and bravery. That girls, young and old, will be reminded of their beauty and their bravery. We were all created with purpose-painted and designed for a specific calling. If we look to Christ and learn to be brave and trust, he will fulfill our dreams and use us for great purpose. 

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